Accelerated Learning

I recently watched a terrific video on learning, especially as it applies to new technical skills: Making Badass Developers – Kathy Sierra. In this video, Kathy discusses that you have various skills, and they are each at certain levels–essentially 3 levels (roughly unacquired, in-process, and mastered). And what causes many of us stress when you are …

SOA Patterns

Here’s a book I meant to read last year, but didn’t get to until this year: SOA Patterns. Last year I attended an evening presentation by IDesign architect Petar Vucetin. At the end of the insightful session, he cited the SOA Patterns book. I knew that a recommendation from an IDesign architect is not wisely ignored, so I …

Doing Agile vs. Being Agile

How many of you software geeks have been through a corporate Agile transformation? Did it at first seem as though everything was going to get dramatically better? As though you’d be unleashed to really do your work, and that no longer would useless processes hold you back? How did it turn out? Did the organization …

The Personal MBA

My cousin recently put me onto a book I’m finding quite interesting: The Personal MBA. He said it would be a good book for learning about business, and as I’m considering whether I might want to start a consulting business, it seemed like good reading. I expected to find a book full of business/legal procedures one …